NAME DARCY: PACK
OCCUPATION: CO-OWNER, ANTI-HERO (MENSWEAR BOUTIQUE)
“Casual dress is no longer taking your tie off after work to hit the bar.”— Darcy Pack
Simon Cowell could afford it. So could, say, Ben Mulroney. But their hair? Well, that could pose problems.
Brad Pitt and Colin Farrell — ah, now they have the right locks, as do Lenny Kravitz and the guys from Depeche Mode. In fact, they have the overall edge to carry off the apparel from Anti-Hero, an upscale men’s clothing boutique with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude.
Carrying outside- the-mainstream lines like Piero Gazzarrini, Howe, John Richmond, Daniele Alessandrini and Les Hommes, Anti-Hero resonates with those in the know, including Paul Venoit, style guru and Canada’s Next Top Model judge.
Venoit was more than generous in guiding me toward the doorstep of this chic but unassuming little boutique tucked in the hub of Yorkville.
Picture skull-and-bat emblazoned garb from Henry Duarte; shredded jeans with enough buttons, badges and chains to make Diesel look lame; and furcollared coats that actually make you feel like Vin Diesel as opposed to Vana White.
And of course, there’s an array of finely detailed pinstriped suits and vests, and snazzy dress and casual shirts that scream, “It’s Friday night — are we doing the Drake, Ultra, Amber or Lobby, guys?”
“Casual dress is no longer taking your tie off after work to hit the bar. It’s become a fashion exercise in itself for those who want to stand out, have fun and look unique,” says Darcy Pack, who opened Anti-Hero with partners Edward Tsilker and Alessandro Racco two years ago.
The concept was simple: import lesser-known, highend labels, which the trio refers to as the “anti-heroes” of the men’s fashion industry.
In other words, there’s more to edge than DSquared2 or Dolce & Gabbana.
So puddy up that hair, slip into your pointed designer boots and head down to Anti-Hero at 113 Yorkville Ave.
Don’t forget your credit card — preferably the one with a generous limit.
Prices for dress shirts range from $200 to $500, while jeans are tagged from $300 to $600. Suits, meanwhile, will cost you anywhere from $1000 to $2,000, and coats from $900 to $2,000.
(Tip: call 416-924-6121 to see if Anti-Hero’s summer sale is still on. But ssshhh, you didn’t hear about it from me.)